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Undergraduate course

Greek: Attic Prose

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeGRE103
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish if students not speaking Norwegian attend, otherwise Norwegian or other Scandinavian language
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course primarily encompasses reading of prose texts in the Attic dialect from the Classical period (480-330 B.C.). Texts in the Koine dialect and Attic texts from the Roman era may feature in the study. In addition, an overview of the history of ancient Greek literature is included (with particular emphasis on the authors read in the original), as well as introductions to Greek philosophy (with particular emphasis on Plato) and to the history and cultural history of the period studied (in particular through the commentaries on the studied texts).

Learning Outcomes


The candidate has

- increased knowledge of Greek language and grammar

- insight into ancient Greek society and literature


The candidate can

- read Greek texts independently with the aid of a dictionary

- identify forms and analyse sentences in Greek with the aid of a grammar

- translate simple English or Norwegian sentences into Greek

General competence

The candidate can

- acquaint herself with the grammatical structure of a new language

- work with texts in other languages with the aid of grammars, dictionaries, commentaries and similar aids.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Ein tilrår at eksamen i GRE102 er avlagt før studenten går opp til eksamen i GRE103.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

The course is open to everyone with study right at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is given in the form of lectures on parts of the course literature and exercises in practical language mastering, e.g., translation to Greek and the use of dictionaries.

The course offers ca. 52 hours of teaching (two 2-hour sessions a week).

If less than five students register to a course, the Department may introduce reduced teaching; cf. the relevant guidelines on Mitt UiB (Canvas). On courses where reduced teaching may be given, the students will receive information at the start of the semester, before the 1. Feb. / 1. Sept. deadline for registering.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

The examination consists in a written test to be completed in six hours with a dictionary.

Examination Support Material

A dictionary from Greek to native language or to other language of choice, which does not contain declination and conjugation tables: Berg, Græsk-dansk ordbok; Liddell-Scott, An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon, or a dictionary of equivalent size.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Autumn and spring

Reading List

The course literature encompasses about 80 pages of Greek text (30 lines = 1 page). At least 50 of these are studied in commented editions. In addition, a Greek grammar and parts of a handbook of Greek literature are studied.

Course Evaluation

Students evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department.

Programme Committee

The programme board of Classical Philology

Course Coordinator

Faculty representatives from Classical Philology

Course Administrator

Department of linguistic, literary and aesthetic studies

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam